Synopsis: “Dirty Pretty Things is the much anticipated book by Michael Faudet. His whimsical and often erotic writing has already captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes and little short stories.”
Review: I really, really, really wanted to like this book.
As a lover of poetry and expression, I am all for being able to express yourself in anyway you choose. And in poetry especially, I don’t think that anyone should be able to tell anyone else that their poetry isn’t “good” because the work is often subjective and personal.
However, with this being a book review, I am going to have to make judgements about this poetry. And unfortunately, it’s not my cup of tea.
This book was advertised as “exploring the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships and sex” (from Goodreads) which it did, but I think the way it examined those topics was juvenile at most points. The word “fuck” was present in around 75% of the poems, while other fairly vulgar words like “pussy”, “cock”, and phrases like “dusty pink nipples” were also repeated throughout. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with those words and that they shouldn’t be used, but I do think that there are many other words that Faudet could have used instead to give the scenes more imagery and the language more beautiful. It seemed like he was just putting erotic and provocative language together, but not really saying anything of value.
Overall, I had extremely high expectations for this book and they were not met, so I will give this a two star rating.